It's down memory lane for City Hall's golden jubilee

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 February, 2012, 12:00am


City Hall is turning 50. And for those who fancy a trip down memory lane it is staging an exhibition of more than 200 photographs taken at the building over the years.

Among those who have contributed a personal memento is renowned vocalist Barbara Fei Ming-yee, who spent many years performing at the complex.

'City Hall can't be separated from my life. I performed in and watched countless performances at this complex since it opened,' Fei said.

Her most unforgettable moment at the hall was her first solo performance shortly after it opened in 1962.

'I felt very excited to sing in front of 1,000 people. It was a really rare opportunity back then,' she said.

Audiences in those days were very passionate and respectful.

The cultural complex was also popular among wedding couples. Chou Wing-ping and his wife made their vows at the City Hall Marriage Registry and had their wedding photos taken there when it first opened.

Holding up his wedding photo, Chou said: 'This year it is not just the complex's golden jubilee, it is our golden jubilee too.'

If possible, he said he would like to host a banquet at City Hall to celebrate the special occasion with his wife and family members.

The photo collection will be on display at the commemorative exhibition hall from March 3 to April 9 and can also be viewed on City Hall's 50th anniversary webpage, which can be found at the site.

Other activities to celebrate the anniversary include recitals by world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and celebrity talks.

In 2009, City Hall was listed as a grade one historical building, which means that, if possible, every effort should be made to preserve it.